We are encouraging NSW public libraries to carry out oral history interviews with former library managers, staff or members to capture their memories of NSW libraries over the last 75 years.
We held an introduction to oral history training day on 16 September at the State Library, attended by 18 NSW library staff.
Our trainer, Louise Darmody, inspired us all to record great stories, as well as giving us practical tips for research and preparation, best practice guidelines, interview questions and interview techniques, and recording equipment.
It was a great day and we can’t wait to hear your oral histories!
Libraries can donate their interview to the State Library, which will become part of a special oral history collection to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Library Act 1939 and 75 years of free public libraries in NSW.
We will also feature the oral histories on this blog.
For more information about the oral history project visit www.sl.nsw.gov.au/libraryact75th